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The Adventure Zone
Hosted by The McElroy Brothers & Clint McElroy
Maximum Fun Network

The Adventure Zone is a very recent podcast from Griffin, Travis and Justin McElroy, the hosts of the longer-running “My Brother, My Brother and Me” advice podcast.  They are joined by their father, comedian and radio personality Clint McElroy in this new podcast, in which they play 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons.
While all four are experienced improvisers and podcasters, aside from Griffin, they have very limited gaming knowledge.  This differentiates T.A.Z. from typical gaming podcasts, which tend to be hosted by passionate players with more limited technical or performing skills.  This also makes it a fun and engaging show for listeners of all levels of gaming interest.
As both GM and podcast producer, Griffin does a good job of keeping things moving along and teaching his players, and the audience, what they need to know to keep up.  This is a nice feature for listeners who have never played D&D before who would like to see what it’s like.  The personality of all four hosts comes through in their characters and choices.  This is engaging for experienced gamers who’ve all played with that guy, or been that guy themselves.  Clint, playing cleric Merle Highchurch is completely new to roleplaying, and is trying to figure things out and see what he can do.  Justin, playing the wizard Taako, pronounced like the food, is there to make funny voices and generally goof around.  And Travis, playing fighter Magnus Burnside, cheats like crazy.
The audio quality is great, and at about an hour long, each episode is a fine background for a commute, cleaning, or video game session.
The Adventure Zone is a great podcast for podcast listeners who aren’t sure if D&D is right for them, or gamers looking for a good laugh.  You can find in in iTunes, or subscribe via maximumfun.org/shows/adventure-zone.

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